The Sheffield Shield got back underway this week after a Christmas break which saw the players enjoy the shorter form of the game in the shape of the Big Bash.
Simon Mackin starred as Western Australia (WA) forced themselves off the bottom of the Shield table with a nervy seven run victory over South Australia (SA) at the Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide.
Having won the toss on his home pitch SA skipper Callum Ferguson opted to field first. WA struggled to 201 in their first innings as Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson took them apart with nine wickets between them – Sayers taking 5-68 and Richardson collecting 4-55. Stalwart Michael Klinger made 34, while Josh Inglis ran out of partners and was left on 49*.
In return SA gave themselves a slender first innings lead of 46 – scoring 247. Jake Lehmann was the mainstay of the innings as he scored 77, with ample support from Alex Ross who made 43, before Richardson scored an invaluable 33 off just 21 balls.
Fresh from an 11-fer in the last Shield match before the Christmas break – Simon Mackin continued his exemplary form taking 7-81. David Moody picked up 1-71 and Ferguson and Sayers were both ran out.
The low scoring continued in WA’s second innings as they made just 245 in total. Inglis again impressed with 40, though Cameron Bancroft was the main contributor with 56.
Sayers and Richardson again combined terrifically to take nine between them – though this time it was Richardson who came away with the five-fer and Sayers was left with four.
So set a very achievable 199 to win, despite an early wobble, SA looked to be comfortable as Tom Cooper and Alex Carey cruised to a 99-run partnership for the sixth wicket only for Mackin to wrap up victory for WA with 5-82.
Moody also played his part taking 4-41, but Mackin was undoubtedly the star taking 12-163 – which means incredibly he has 23 wickets in his last two games.
Mackin has a total of 28 Shield wickets from his four games at an average of 19.6, while Sayers and Richardson have also impressed throughout the competition and sit on 28 wickets and 26 wickets respectively.